If Matt Lambros is afraid of the McMahon Stadium turf, he sure didn't show it in his first practice with the Calgary Stampeders.
But the Calgary native knows exactly where his 2009 season ended with the Toronto Argonauts.
In his third CFL game, Lambros was covering a kickoff at McMahon Stadium when he suddenly went down untouched. It was a torn ACL. Rookie season done.
"When I was out there today, I ran over the spot and said 'It was right here,' " said Lambros, who signed with the Stamps Tuesday.
"I was looking for the piece of turf that came up and grabbed me.
"I just got my cleat stuck in the turf, went to plant and heard a pop. That was it.
"I felt like I was shot. It was a burning pain. We found out through the MRI how bad it was."
The 25-year-old started rehabbing immediately and was attempting to rejoin the Argos this season when they let him go just before main training camp opened.
Lambros spent the off-season at home, getting treatment in Cochrane while working part-time at the Sky 360 restaurant in the Calgary Tower.
The Stamps have offered him a chance to continue his CFL career, and Lambros couldn't be more thankful.
Although his father Mike played for the Edmonton Eskimos in the early 1970s, the family has long lived in Calgary, where Matt went to Sir Winston Churchill high school.
After getting drafted in the second round (10th overall) by the Argos last year, Lambros was added to the roster for Week 1 in Hamilton. The Argos won that game 30-17 and Lambros was a key part, catching a 22-yard touchdown.
It was a great start to a promising career, but two weeks later, it came undone in front of friends and family.
However, Lambros isn't the type to dwell on his misfortune, because now he can play at home.
"I believe everything happens for a reason, so in that sense, it gave me some peace," Lambros said. "I knew I was in God's hands. It was frustrating, though, because I wanted to question it, but it opened up a few doors and I learned a lot. You see a different part of it."